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Would there have been a Counter-Revolution if there had been a Family in 86?

The other day I listened to the Family rehearsal and show for the first time and I was pretty stuck by how similar the band sounded to... the Parade Tour era Revolution!

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The band was as follows:

St. Paul - Vocals

Susannah Melvoin - Vocals

Jellybean Johnson - Drums

Alan Flowers - Bass

Jonathan Melvoin - Keyboards

Bill Carrothers - Keyboards

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Eric Leeds - Saxophone, flute

Miko Weaver - Guitar, Background vocals

Jerome Benton - Background vocals

Wally Safford - Background vocals

Greg Brooks - Background vocals

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Clearly, Prince was testing the ground for a more R&B oriented sound, and many horns licks composed by Eric would end-up being played as such during the Parade shows.

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Which made me realize... What if Paul hadn't left? We have to keep in mind that The Family was supposed to tour the US extensively, and last more than a season: a second album was even taken for granted according to Susannah (who said she and Prince had agreed to keep Miss Understood for the second record, as she felt the son,g had to grow a bit more).

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In a way similar to how he bulit The Family on the ashes of The Time, Prince build the so-called Counter-Revolution on the ashes on The Family. The fact that the Family may have remained operative in 1986 doesn't necessarily means that Prince couldn't have borrowed some of its members if both bands weren't touring at the same time (or if TF had opened for Prince), but on the other hand, had The Family toured and made TV appearances as planned in late 1985, adding 5 of its members to the band would have made The Revolution look like a clone of The Family, which probably wasn't something Prince would have wanted.

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So that raises the question: could it be that the 1986 Revolution and live shows would have been totally different if not for The Family disbanding?

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Reply #1 posted 12/05/17 6:22am

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Why has this been moved here?

This was a thread about PRINCE making decisions regarding PRINCE'S bands and PRINCE's music...

Result of putting it here: no one saw it.

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